Wow. How's that for a post title? Are you still with me? Or have you run from my blog screaming??? ;)
Saturdays are my "just for fun" days, and today I feel like conducting a poll. But before I do, I have to give you a little background...
My first son was born in Canada, and I was the happy recipient of a year-long maternity leave. Being the smitten young mom that I was, I eagerly nursed my little one for 10 and 1/2 months. It was bliss. I loved it. He loved it. I never even gave my son a bottle because there was no need to. I was there and I had everything he needed. As you can imagine, I became very adept at managing my little son and a great, big blanket that preserved my modesty. Breastfeeding was such a positive experience for me that I've been eagerly anticipating it again. Until recently.
A few days ago someone took me aside to gently tell me that when my baby is born, I need to nurse in a separate room. None of this discreet feeding behind a blanket around family and/or close friends. Me and my little one have to be out of sight. I was heartbroken.
Don't get me wrong, I'm no exhibitionist and I have no desire to embarrass myself or those around me by flaunting anything that doesn't need to be flaunted. But if I have to leave the room every time my baby needs to eat (like, every two hours), I don't know if I can breastfeed. Just the thought makes me sad.
So, here's my question for you. How do you view this obviously touchy subject? I'd love to know.
- Breast is best! New mothers have every right to nurse their babies wherever they want to. Naysayers can close their eyes.
- Breastfeeding is great for both mothers and babies. So is compromise. Go ahead and feed, but be discreet. Use a blanket. Know the situation and leave the room when it's appropriate.
- If you choose to breastfeed, that's fine, but please use a bottle in public. Even if you use a blanket, we know what you're doing and aren't thrilled with the reminder.
- Breastfeeding is gross. That's why people invented formula.
I think you probably already know where I fall on the spectrum, but I'll share after I hear from a few of you.